Google Appeals Against India’s Fine Over Unfair Business Practices

On Friday, Google appealed against an Indian antitrust agency’s order against Google over anti-competitive practices in relation to Android mobile devices.

The company approached the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal, the nation’s appellate court, to appeal against the October order of the Competition Commission of India, which saw Google fined $162 million.

“We have decided to appeal the CCI’s decision on Android as we believe it presents a major setback for our Indian users and businesses who trust Android’s security features, and potentially raising the cost of mobile devices,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement.

“We look forward to making our case in NCLAT and remain committed to users and partners.” The CCI began its investigation into Google three and a quarter years ago.

In October, it stated that Google required device manufacturers to preinstall its entire Google Mobile Suite. It also mandated the prominent placement of these apps. This was “contravention” of Section 4(2)(a),(i) of the Act.

The CCI fined Google $113 million more for allegedly abusing its dominant position in Google Play Store. It also ordered the firm to allow app developers to use third-party payment processing services to make in-app purchases and purchase apps.

Google has over 500 million South Asian users, and India is its key market. Google has committed to investing another $10 billion in India over the next few years.

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